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EISNER JAN GATWOOD EISNER Jan Gatwood Eisner, aged 55, died on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at home in Bethesda, Maryland. The cause was neuroendocrine cancer, which she battled for 18 years. She was born on July 31, 1962, in Columbus, Ohio. She was a ball of energy all her life, with a fiercely no-nonsense attitude. An artist, athlete, health professional, community activist, and mother of two sons, she lived and worked in many places, including Ohio, Texas, New York, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maryland. She married James Roman Eisner on June 5, 1993, at the First Unitarian Society, in Madison, Wisconsin. She studied dance at BalletMet in Columbus Ohio and Joffrey Ballet in New York City and performed with ballet companies in Columbus, Ohio and San Antonio, Texas. She earned a BA in Psychology from Winona State University and a BS in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin. As a registered nurse, she employed her skills in clinical hospital work, teaching, and research. She co-authored several articles on nursing, including one on pain management for cancer patients. She volunteered for MobileMed, providing healthcare to low-income people in Montgomery County, Maryland, for which she received the Meyersburg Award. She founded Run for the Stripes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding neuroendocrine research, which holds an annual benefit run each fall at the Philadelphia Zoo. She earned a Distinguished Partner in Hope Award from the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center, in conjunction with the NET Research Foundation, for her commitment to raising awareness and support for neuroendocrine patients and families. An accomplished athlete, she ran many marathons and was expert at boating and waterskiing. Curious, intelligent, persistant, and a fast learner, she loved mastering new skills, such as tennis, cross-country skiing, and the cello in recent years. Tireless in her devotion to friends and family, even as her cancer progressed, she rarely missed hockey games, graduations, weddings, art exhibitions, and performances by her children, siblings, nieces, and nephews. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, James, her sons Nathan and Eric, her sister Jean (Larry) Binkovitz, her brother Jeffrey Gatwood (Stephen George), her parents John and Joyce Gatwood, her aunt Roberta Dotin and nieces and nephews Beth, Isaac (Sigalit), Anna, and Elinoa Binkovitz, Hannah and Jacob Eisner, Miriam, Louise, and Karen Nielsen, and Leah (Phillip) and Sadie Pyle. A memorial service is planned for November or December in Bethesda, Maryland, and the next Run for the Stripes will take place on November 11, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Run for the Stripes to fight neuroendocrine tumor disease: www.racefornet.com.A memorial service is planned for November or December in Bethesda, Maryland, and the next Run for the Stripes will take place on November 11, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Run for the Stripes to fight neuroendocrine tumor disease: www.racefornet.com.

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Published in The Washington Post on Sep. 14, 2017.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
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October 21, 2017
I only met Jan once-last November at Run for the Stripes, after being in touch about the event, having just lost my uncle to neuroendocrine cancer. I found out today that she passed away and find myself crying writing this as she made such an impact on my life in such a short time. I will now be running/volunteering for my uncle AND Jan each November at a wonderful event with the wonderful organization that she founded. All my love to her family and friends. I wish I had the chance to get to know her better.
Kerri Staton
October 3, 2017
Wonderful obituary for a special lady. What I will always remember the most about Jan was her wicked smart sense of humor. She was a joy to hang around with. John
John Tully
September 23, 2017
Heidi Dupler, my sister and close friend to Jan, introduced me to Jan- I think when she moved to Bethesda- she has always been friendly, energetic, bright and inspirational- her expertise in so many areas is so impressive- too, her love of family, friends and life was front & center. - I'm sorry Jan lost her battle- her fight was amazing and hope the documentation of her path will help others. My thoughts are with her family.
Shereelee Lennard
September 22, 2017
It was truly a pleasure to know Jan. She will always be a beautiful source of inspiration in the eyes of many.
Katie Fanslau
September 19, 2017
Kathy and I are deeply saddened by Jan's passing. She was such a tremendous fighter and day by day, month by month, year by year she beat back the disease. We will celebrate her life along with all family and friends. John, I will be calling you in the not too distant future. Peace and Love. Jim and Kathy Weidman
Jim & Kathy Weidman
September 19, 2017
God bless her. She fought the good fight. I am so very sorry John and Jan.

September 16, 2017
Jan Eisner touched every soul she came in contact with. To be able to have her love for life, family and others was a true inspiration. I felt it was a true honor knowing her. Prayers and condolences for her family.
September 15, 2017
I am truly sorry for your loss. May you gain strength and comfort by pouring out your heart in prayer, along with the prayers of others in your behalf. Please accept my condolences.
September 14, 2017
Jan you are my absolute hero, my inspiration and my positive role model for thriving & striving with NETs. Thank you for your friendship, support, optimism and beautiful power & energy. You gave me & our NET Community profound help and hope. You are in my prayers & thoughts dear friend.
Jim, Nathan, Eric and entire family please accept my deepest condolences and prayers. I will be @ Run for the Stripes!
Daiva Minter
September 14, 2017
For the little that I was blessed to know Jan, I've held her in the highest esteem. She was a true fighter, and her running community will honor her with each race and each step we take. My deepest condolences to her family and all who will miss her presence.
Nicole Rogers (Farris)
September 14, 2017
I will miss her terribly. My thoughts are with Jim, Nathan and Eric, as well as her family and friends. Jan left the world a better place.
Heather Johnston
September 14, 2017
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved wife and mother Jan. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about her and bring her back again. May Almighty God sustain you at this time of such great loss.
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